Mental health professionals' attitudes towards and knowledge of electroconvulsive therapy

  title={Mental health professionals' attitudes towards and knowledge of electroconvulsive therapy},
  author={Russell D. Lutchman, Tim Stevens, Amir Bashir, Martin Orre},
  journal={Journal of Mental Health},
  pages={141 - 150}
The efficacy and safety of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) have been established, yet widespread negative public attitudes towards the procedure remain. Little research has been carried out into the attitudes towards and knowledge of ECT among mental health staff of different disciplines. Method: Two hundred and sixty-eight staff from four mental health disciplines (psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers) were sent the Questionnaire on Attitudes and Knowledge of ECT (QuAKE) and… 
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Current knowledge and attitudes of psychiatric nurses toward electroconvulsive therapy.

Targeted ECT education is needed among psychiatric nurses with limited knowledge and negative attitudes toward ECT, revealing increased levels when compared with the low to average knowledge and positive attitudes noted in previous studies.

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Nurses and those who had worked in the mental health field for over 10 years had significantly higher knowledge of ECT and greater training is recommended to bolster the uptake of advance decision-making.

Effect of an Educational Video and Information Pamphlet on Knowledge and Attitudes About Electroconvulsive Therapy

Objective Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is considered an effective, yet underused and stigmatized form of psychiatric treatment. Public misconception can impact informed decision making, and

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A new educational module enhanced by videotaped depictions of a simulated patient undergoing the consent, treatment, recovery, and follow-up phases of ECT led to measurable changes in students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward ECT.

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The model highlights the decision to give ECT that has many different layers including professional identity, how a person understands the evidence base, past experiences, and the amount of power they have in the process.

The Nomenclature of Electroconvulsive Therapy.

It is safer to retain the term ECT for the sake of consistency and clarity of communication and education and experience are evidence-based effective methods of tackling ECT-related stigma.

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An educational initiative to increase clinicians’ knowledge of TMS is described and it is suggested that a small number of machines are currently in use across the UK.



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In each of these four groups of mental health professionals a more positive attitude about ECT correlated with increased levels of clinical experience and knowledge.

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  • S. Benbow
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Convulsive therapy
  • 1990
It is concluded that increased contact with and knowledge about the treatment has a positive effect on medical students' attitudes and there is still room to improve teaching about ECT.

An Assessment of Psychiatric Residents’ Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding ECT

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  • Psychology, Medicine
    Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry
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The residents’ general attitudes regarding ECT as a therapeutic modality were consistent with those of previous surveys of practicing psychiatrists, and the level of knowledge was not related to reported didactic or practical experience.

Attitude Studies on Electroconvulsive Therapy.

Between 1971 and 1984, 11 studies have examined patient and/or lay attitudes to electroconvulsive therapy, and for most subjects the benefit of the treatment outweighed the cost, in terms of apprehension, side effects, and stigma.

Patients' attitudes and attributions to electroconvulsive shock therapy.

An attributional analysis of ECT as a placebo was investigated by comparing the attitudes of patients on two psychiatric wards to indicate that the operation of placebo effects in connection with ECT may account for differential treatment results more adequately than explanations based on physiological models.

Electroconvulsive therapy: results in depressive illness from the Leicestershire trial.

Electroconvulsive therapy was effective in depression associated with delusions and in depressionassociated with retardation and showed a significantly greater improvement than simulated treatment.

A survey of attitudes on the use of electroconvulsive therapy.

A questionnaire study of 587 individuals drawn from these three categories shows an over-all favorable response to the use of ECT, despite the presence of significant differences in response among members of each category.

Advances in the Practice of Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) continues to evoke strong feelings, because of its history of indiscriminate use, and because of an innate fear of the treatment itself deliberate administration of electric shocks to the brain to induce epileptiform seizures.

ECT: Misconceptions and Attitudes

Less fear of the procedure was expressed by those given the treatment and those who had the treatment explained to them by a doctor, and fewer misconceptions occurred among those who were more highly educated or had experience of ECT either personally or via a visited friend or relative.